Endangered Female Ladybird Spider from Spain

Subject: Spanish Spider
Location: Almeria, Spain
May 14, 2014 6:05 am
Hi there,
I found this lovely spider wandering slowly across one of the banks in my garden in South East Spain.
I was hoping you might give me it’s exact identification and if it was one you could safely pick up?
On this occasion I allowed it to quietly go on it’s way.
So, April, Almeria, Spain. 25°c. Midday. Measured about 50mm in span.
Signature: Jon C.

Female Ladybird Spider
Female Ladybird Spider

Dear Jon,
We are thrilled to receive and post your images of an endangered female Ladybird Spider,
Eresus sandaliatus, a species and genus that is threatened across most of its European range.  This species exhibits extreme sexual dimorphism, and the male Ladybird Spider looks like an entirely different species with his red coloration and black spots, markings that resemble those of a Ladybird Beetle.  More images can be found on ARkive.

Female Ladybird Spider
Female Ladybird Spider
Female Ladybird Spider
Female Ladybird Spider

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9 thoughts on “Endangered Female Ladybird Spider from Spain”

  1. I saw one of these outside my house in Spain, my sister ended up killing it in panic before I looked up it’s species. Feel guilty now…

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  2. I have just encountered a male of these spiders making its way across our patio here in Barinas, Murcia, Spain. It was unmistakable with its bright red back and four black spots .

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  3. I saw first a male running across the ground, then 10 minutes later a female. It was May 15th this year at about 10 am.
    I live in the Almanzora Valley near Cantoria, Almeria.

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  4. I saw first a male running across the ground, then 10 minutes later a female. It was May 15th this year at about 10 am.
    I live in the Almanzora Valley near Cantoria, Almeria.

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  5. Saw a black female version of this spider in Lindos, Greece in Oct 2019. It was walking slowly up an outside wall at night then stopped still for ages. It seemed happy.

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